Looking back on a great 2013

January 1, 2014 

On the first day of the New Year, it is traditional to look ahead at what 2014 will bring. But just as traditional is to reminisce over the year we have just left behind.

2013 was a remarkable year for our area, and here are just a few of the things and places that I think helped 2013 be great.

Best rivalry: Of course, those of us who live in Houston County have known forever that the best high school football rivalry is the annual Warner Robins-Northside game -- or if you live on the other side of town the Northside-Warner Robins game.

This year, however, the rivalry was recognized by USA Today as not only the best in the state but one of the top 5 in the country.

Best place to run into a friend: McCall’s has been around since 1987, serving up the best sandwiches, soups and salads in town. It is locally owned by Ken McCall who makes the best chicken salad in the world. The pasta salad there has no equal.

Best hometown girl who done good: Colby Dee claims Warner Robins as her home, and we are proud to have her. Her first CD was released this year, and she has had small roles on two episodes of the hit TV show “Nashville.”

She might be in the big time but she hasn’t forgotten her roots -- she regularly visits Warner Robins to see her Grandmama and volunteer with local charities.

Best way to spend an afternoon: Carroll Street has always been a great place to spend an afternoon shopping, but with the addition of James Farmer’s store it has become a Southern paradise.

Every store owner on the block seems to have read Emily’s Post “Guide to Good Manners” and understands that shopping shouldn’t be a chore but an experience.

Best event that I was invited to that I had never heard of before: This spring I was invited to Bailey Zuñiga’s quinceanera, a coming of age celebration held on a girl’s 15th birthday.

I still can’t pronounce it correctly, but it was a privilege to watch a young girl’s official transformation into a young woman.

Best high school fans: The Warner Robins High School Naked Boys, this year led by senior Jonathan Richmond, were chosen as Fans of the Week on Football Friday Night, but Demons fans know that every week the Naked Boys -- and Girls -- bring school spirit to a whole new level.

The only thing minimal about the Naked Boys is their clothing.

Best reason to jump up and down: Gavin Gilliam raised $1,800 at Perdue Elementary’s Jump Rope for Heart -- bringing his elementary school grandtotal to close to $6,500.

Best reason to stay awake during a play: When Perry High School and Northside High School drama departments are on the stage, you don’t want to miss a second. Both schools brought home the state championship in One Act in 2013.

Best way to start a tradition: Veterans High School has only been open four years but has established a tradition of cheerleading excellence winning the AAAA state cheerleading for the second year in a row.

Whoever chose the mascot at Veterans must have been a psychic -- because those Warhawks can really soar.

Contact Alline Kent at 478-396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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